Food and Cakes
Avoiding line-ups at food stations?
Fh and I are planning on having a full sit-down dinner that will end at around 9:30pm. We plan on getting the dancing and partying going after that. In our culture, an abundance of food is important and it is also important to have food constantly available to the guests.
FROM 9:30 to the END OF THE WEDDING
We were thinking of putting some finger food dessert platters on each table (for ease of access) that include some salty treats like homestyle pretzels, merangues, finger cakes, and all sorts of other individually-portioned foods.
FROM 11:00pm to the END OF THE WEDDING
We got a seafood station (lobster, crab legs, shrimp, mussels, etc etc) that also includes some meats and finger-foods.
FROM 12:00 to the END OF THE WEDDING
We have a (1) sweets table that has pastries, whole cakes, fruit, etc. We also have a (2) sorbet station that has individually-portioned sorbet stuffed back into the fruit (ex: orange sorbet stuffed back in the orange fruit shell).
My fmil is worried that people will spend too much time in line-ups for these food stations. To try to avoid this, we put some snacks on the tables (the ones that immediately follow the dessert of the main meal), but we still have 3 stations that will not be served at the table. In our culture, guests are used to being served at the tables, BUT we have all been living in Canada for a looooooooooong time, so even though we know what is "cultural" I also think our guests will accept using stations since I'm sure they've been to plenty of weddings where this has been the norm.
Do you think that this will create a problem? Do you think that there's a way to avoid line-ups, or that this isn't an issue and line-ups won't really happen anyways? At all of the weddings I went to, I don't think I ever had to wait in a line-up, unless there was maybe 1 or 2 people already there and I wanted to give them some space while selecting their food.